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Imagine…………………If your local youth soccer officials decided to put together a tournament for U-9-10-11 teams in a tournament format vying for district awards. The tournament would be one of the largest, single location events on the west coast!

In one weekend………………That tournament would require……
24 fields in one location in simultaneous use
By 184 teams
157 licensed referees
Participating, playing, officiating, cheering at 343 games.
All games starting and ending on schedule, on time
Hosting over 10,000 parents, fans, participants

Yes, just imagine what went into the unbelievable district tournament held November 12th and 13th, 2011 in Morgan Hill Ca.

The tournament officials set up 5 headquarter substations to pre-check in all teams. The substations were manned by referee mentors to offer help and support to officials, answer questions from coaches and family members, and help start and end matches on time. The main referee assignor/coordinator headquartered on site linked all the substations via walkie talkie. He gave the signal for start of match, half time, and end of match. The substations reacted simultaneously, thus all fields remained in synch for the entire tournament.

Because of this all teams and fans were able to compete, watch other matches, and stay in one location. The sight of so much great soccer and soccer activity going on in one place was a joy to behold.

And imagine, with the help of a lot of dedicated people, great teams, great fans, IT ALL HAPPENED!!!!!!! JUST IMAGINE!!!!!!!!

This is just part of our District Cup experience. We are hosting over 500 teams from U9-U19 this year.
A similar event is planned for Spring 2012. Look for signup dates so you can join in the fun!

MVLA Lightning - U14G Crowned Youth Soccer National Champion

Mountain View Los Altos Lightning Under-14 Girls Soccer Team Prevails in Penalty Kicks to Secure National Title

Los Altos, Calif. – The Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA) Lightning won the 2010 US Youth Soccer under 14 girls National Championship on Saturday, July 24th at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, in Overland Park, Kansas. Lightning began its quest for the national title in August of 2009 by winning numerous regional competitions, including the Far West Regional Championships in June 2010, attended by state champions from the 14 Western US states. The four regional champions competed in round robin group play, from July 21st – July 23rd. The top two teams then faced one another, with Lightning taking home the national title and etching its name onto the coveted Elmer Ehlers Cup.
For the championship game, the setting could not have been more dramatic as thunder and lightning rolled through Overland Park, Kansas, delaying the start of the game by almost two hours. Lightning and the Dallas Sting 96 (South Regional Champion) teams entered the match after facing each other during group play, where Sting handed Lightning its first loss since the Cal-North State Cup finals. Both teams had their scoring opportunities during the match, but the match remained scoreless through regulation (70 minutes) and two overtime periods (20 minutes). The championship came down to penalty kicks. With lightning flashing in the distance, Lightning’s keeper stopped the first shot by Sting and all five of Lightning’s shooters converted their kicks. Lightning prevailed 5-3 in the penalty shoot out.
In the 75 year history of the USYS National Championships, only one other MVLA team has won a national title, the under 19 boys MVLA Shooting Stars in 1993.
Coach Erin Montoya was ecstatic about the victory, stating, “This was a great win not only for Lightning but for our MVLA club as it is the first girls national championship in club history. Sting is a well-coached team and had a terrific tournament. The championship game was an amazing atmosphere with our fellow Cal-North supporters cheering us on and pumping up the girls.”

Montoya further expressed, “My team was outstanding all week and I’m very proud of all 17 players who contributed to our success not only here in Kansas but for the entire championship series. Lightning’s depth is what I feel contributed most to our success this season. They all worked extremely hard and should be excited about their accomplishments.”

Lightning’s road to the championship began over twelve months ago, playing in the highly competitive Far West Regional League (Champion), Cal-North State Cup (Finalist), Far West Regional Championships (Champion). They faced some of the top talent in the country, with a combined record in those events of 22-2-1 and scoring a total of 65 goals and allowing only 7. The Adidas Golden Ball in the national finals went to Gbriella Kaplan of MVLA, and Jacqqelyn Caginia won the Adidas Golden Gloves. The Lighnting’s overall record for 2009-2010 was 50-4-3.

The MVLA Lightning U14 (’95/’96) girls team is a competitive, Class 1 CYSA soccer team based in Los Altos, California. The team is ranked #1 in the United States by all three ranking systems: National Soccer Ranking (, Got Soccer (, and Top Drawer Soccer (

Team (alphabetically by last name, listing city of residence and high school): Mimi Akaogi (Cupertino, Monta Vista HS), Jaye Boissiere (Los Altos Hills, Menlo School), Jacquelyn Caginia (Los Altos, St. Francis HS), Paige Crowley (Cupertino, St. Francis HS), Melissa Fulton (Mountain View, St. Francis HS), Julia Goupil (Los Altos, Los Altos HS), Jessica Jochheim (San Jose, Pioneer HS), Celeste Kaashoek (San Jose, Leland HS), Gabriella Kaplan (Emerald Hills, Castilleja School), Caroline Olivero (Los Altos, St. Francis HS), Gabrielle Matulich (Los Gatos, Mitty HS), Hannah Reed (Santa Clara, Mitty HS), Isela Rivera (Manteca, St. Mary’s HS, Stockton), Sarah Robinson (Los Altos Hills, Gunn HS), Natasha Wein (Palo Alto, Palo Alto HS), Caitlyn Wong (Sunnyvale, Homestead HS), Melissa Wood (Belmont, Carlmont HS). Joining team for U15 Season – Fatmata Kamara (San Jose, Branham HS)
About the MVLA Lightning Coaches – Head Coach, Erin Montoya, also coaches the Los Altos High School Varsity Girls Soccer team (2007 CCS Champions) and also the MVLA Avalanche (U17G – 2007 & 2008 USYSA State Cup Champions). Prior to that Erin was a standout player at Santa Clara University and a former professional player (WUSA) with both the San Diego Spirit and San Jose Cyberrays.
Albertin Montoya, currently the Head Coach of the Bay Area Professional Women’s soccer team is an integral part of our program. Albertin was a college Hermann Trophy finalist at Santa Clara University, part of the Men’s Olympic team and a first round draft pick by the San Jose Clash. Albertin was also the coach of the three-time State Cup Champions MVLA Mercury. Albertin was a member of the U19 MVLA Shooting Stars that won the USYS National Championship.
Nancy Ikeda, assistant coach and mother of Sarah Robinson, is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. Nancy has enjoyed volunteering as the Lightning assistant coach for the past 7 seasons.
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series – The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer – “The Game for ALL Kids!®” is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit

District II ODP Identification Days - (May 2011)

District II ODP Identification Days will be held on May 7th and 8th at the Morgan Hill Soccer Complex for all players born in 1998 or 1999. Currently registered CYSA players wishing to participate must fill out the CYSA Registration Form and bring it with them. Players not currently registered with CYSA must fill out the Non-CYSA Member Registration Form and bring it with them. Tryouts for the ’99 birthdays are from 9am to Noon. Tryouts for ’98 birthdays are from 1pm to 4pm. For more information about the District II ODP Program, click here.

Congratulations to District II’s Regional Champions

CYSA District II had ten teams competing in the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 21 – 27. Two of those teams — the U15 Boys Mt. Hamilton PAC Tigres and the U14 Girls MVLA Lightning emerged as Far West Regional champions!

In the U15 Boys Championship game, Isreal Escalera scored in the first five minutes to give the Mt. Hamilton PAC Tigres an early advantage over the Boise Nationals Barcelona. Boise never did recover, and Escalera added insurance when he scored his second goal of the match in the 65th minute — leading to a 2–0 win for the Tigres.

In the U14 Girls Championship game, two Cal-North teams — the MVLA Lightning and Mustang Fury — went head-to-head in a rematch of their thrilling State Cup game, which ended in a penalty shootout win for the Fury. This time, it was all Lightning. The Lightning struck just before halftime when Caitlyn Wong scored in the 35th minute, to give the Lightning a big emotional lift at the break. The battle continued in the second half. Gabriella Kaplan made it 2–0 Lightning in the 54th minute. Jaye Boissiere added icing on the cake with a goal in the 62nd minute for the final 3–0 score.

Both the victorious Tigres and Lightning will now travel to US Youth Soccer’s National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas from July 20–25.

U15B MT Hamilton PAC Tigres

U14 Girls MVLA Lightning

District II Teams Attend Region IV Championships

Congratulations to the District II State Cup Champions and Finalists teams representing CYSA at the Far West Regionals in Albuquerque, NM. The competition began on June 21 and concludes on June 27. Visit the Region IV website to view the schedules and results.
U12G  Santa Clara Sporting 97 Green
U12B  Alum Rock PAC Impact
U14G  FWRL WC Foothill MVLA Lightning
U14B  Santa Clara Sporting 95
U15B  Mt Hamilton PAC Tigres
U16G  FWC Santa Clara Sporting 93
U16B  Santa Clara Sporting 93
U17G  De Anza Force 92 Blue
U18G  De Anza Force 91 Blue
U19B  Santa Clara Sporting 91White